Stone the Crows – Thursday April 2, 2015

We survived the first full day at the festival.

I had an early start at the Morning Show where Jim Haynes, Grant Luhrs and the O’Donoghue family (Katelyn, Liam and Kasey) started the morning off with Aussie Humour, Verse and song. They were ably supported by Irvine. We saw Vinnie as he is now known at the first Stone the Crows, reciting his own brand of bush poetry. His verse about the Check up is extremely funny, and brings tears to your eyes, especially if you are a male.

Then there were seminars, and information sessions. We chose to learn a bit more about diabetes and blood sugar levels. This was followed by a talk on Family History. Not how to trace a family tree but what we can do now to help our great grandchildren create stories about our time now. The interesting thing to note was that records need to be kept in a media that will last the test of time. Paper has been around for thousands of years and is still the most reliable way to preserve history. Of course you need to store it properly.

The afternoon was taken up by catching up on some  reading , but there was a good session talking about Preprogrammed digital camera settings.

Has the day finished yet. This retirement is getting tiring. No there was the evening entertainment. This variety concert showcased Jim, Grant and Katelyn  but the absolute stand out was Jamie Way as  The Great Pizzarotti. Jamie had entertained us yesterday and agreed to come back tonight.   Just think this guy sang Elvis and other rock songs yesterday and tonight opera ( with a touch of comedy). When it was announced that the full Great Pizzarotti  show will be included in next years festival the assembled flock cheered and clapped wildly.

Jamie was greeted with a standing ovation at the end of his segment. Here is a YouTube video of this talented performer.



A good night’s sleep and we will be ready for another day. At this rate we will need a holiday to recover.

Stone the Crows Festival, Wagga Wagga- Easter 2015

It has been some time since I sat down and made a serious effort to record our adventures on the road. I must admit to be shamed in to resuming this activity at a recent seminar at the Chapter rally in Numurkah.

For the last couple of years we have spent Easter in Wagga Wagga at the Stone the Crows Festival or the Stone the Crows website.Basically a celebration of Grey Nomads. You need to be at least 50 to attend. Linda and I just qualify 😉

We arrived at the the festival grounds on Wednesday April 1. It was after 12 noon so no pranks could be perpetrated. The line if vehicle was long and it took us just on an hour to enter the grounds and set up at our allocated spot.

The afternoon was spent in setting up and getting our registration package, entering the disc bowls tournament and just catching up with friends. We also ended up on a trivia team made up of people we had played with at Numurkah.

The entertainment at this festival is top class. I will tell you about this as it happens. ( Well that is one one to stay on top of the blog posts). Happy Hour came and before you knew it it was time for dinner. The Charities for this Festival are The Wagga Wagga Men’s Shed and Wagga Wagga Breast Cancer Support Group. The Men’s shed cooked up sausages and steak.

The entertainment for the night was provided by Jamie Way. He is a performer, writer, photographer and student based in Wagga Wagga. He won the Elvis sound alike competition in Parkes in 2007. He was selected to play in a movie ,a story about a boy you sounds like Elvis Presley. He is entered into the Parkes competition and wins it. The only way that the movie could be convincing is by actually entering Jamie into the contest. He won. A story of life imitating art.Jamie did readily admit that 7 years and 30 kilos was not conducive to wearing the Elvis costume. His voice was amazing. He entertained us with a mixture of Elvis and the favourites from the 60s and 70s.

I have attached 2 short video clips of his performance so you can judge for yourselves whether he sounds like Elvis or not.





Stone the Crows -Voices of Gallopoli

Jim Haynes, one of the Chief Crows, is an extraordinary entertainer. When you read his biography you discover that he started out as a teacher and academic. He has written several books about facets of Australian life.

In 2004 he wrote a book entitled Cobbers – Stories of Gallipoli 1915, which was a series of first hand accounts, stories and verse written by the soldiers who were at Anzac Cove.

As Jim pointed out tonight some of the stories appeared in The Anzac Book, but there were many more stories not made public that can only be found in the archives of the Australian War Memorial.

Voices of Gallipoli is a one hour dramatic presentation consisting of music, songs and dialogue that explains what went of during the eight month campaign that shaped the Australian national character.

The script for this presentation is still in progress. Tonight’s presentation was a first public reading. Three actors from the local university with Jim Haynes and Katelyn O’Donoghue gave a marvellous reading. The audience of grey nomads gave them a standing ovation. This augurs well as it moves to a final version, becoming a CD and stage play in the twelve months leading to the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.